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Hello; my boyfriend and I have had a budgie, Charlie, for 3 years now and recently decided to add another to the flock.

We got Morty in September and quarantined him for 25 days before bringing his cage next to Charlie's.

One morning, a few weeks after introducing the two of them in a controlled environment, I woke Morty up and he was on the bottom of the cage fluffed up.
I made a vet appointment where Morty was diagnosed with having macrorhabdus ornithogaster.
He is currently on an antifungal treatment for 20 days and I've been trying to do as much research on the topic as possible but I am having a hard time locating any information about what to do in regards to Charlie's health.

One concern is whether or not they need to be quarantined again (the doctor didn't seem to think so which is why I have kept their cages apart and will not let them interact face to face again until the treatment is over). But I have had a hard time finding out how it is spread other then from the parents regurgitating their food to the babies.


Another concern is what happens after the treatment with the two birds?
I have read that AGY never goes away fully and that it's possible to come back again or never go away with treatment always being required; If that is the case then can the two budgies never live in the same cage? As of right now Charlie is in good health and I have been keeping a close eye on him just to be sure there are not any changes but I am terrified that he too will become infected and that I will lose my babies.

I am hoping that someone can share their experiences or thoughts on how to handle this situation. Anything would be much appreciated!

And I am sorry for the length in this post and for the un-organization; aside from having Charlie for 3 years I still feel new to owning budgies but they are my life either way and I don't want anything to happen to them!

Thanks again!

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Hi. What is Morty being treated with?

There are several people on the forum who have advice about treating this and helping to support the bird in secondary ways, but I'm having trouble with the search mechanism and couldn't pull up the old threads. I sure they'll want to know what he's being treated with now, however.
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Sorry to hear your bird has AGY. Here is a link to something my vet wrote on the subject. https://nilesanimalhospital.com/files...tric-Yeast.pdf
I had a bird with AGY, an active infection is usually treated with Amphoteracin B, depending on where you are, that drug may not be available to you, as it is not available in all countries. I would talk to the vet about whether the two birds can be housed together after the initial treatment. Is your bird currently shedding the organism in the droppings as that is not always the case.
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Hi. What is Morty being treated with?

There are several people on the forum who have advice about treating this and helping to support the bird in secondary ways, but I'm having trouble with the search mechanism and couldn't pull up the old threads. I sure they'll want to know what he's being treated with now, however.
Morty is currently on amphotericin b. He's taking .03ml every 12 hours.

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As far as I know that is currently the best treatment to fight an active infection, unfortunately the treatment is long, does he have a secondary bacterial infection, sometimes that can go along with the AGY? Hope he feels better soon.
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Get as much info about the bird care from your vet. Expert books on bird health would help. Maybe Amazon might have something, if not search around on the interest or ask places that know about birds. To get answers will help you along. Places like rescues or public of private shelters may have some leads for you. I would help you, but this is a disease I have not heard of before. Just keep looking and do what you can to help your bird.
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As far as I know that is currently the best treatment to fight an active infection, unfortunately the treatment is long, does he have a secondary bacterial infection, sometimes that can go along with the AGY? Hope he feels better soon.
We are currently waiting on test results from the vet to see if there might be anything else so I do not know at this point unfortunately.
I do know however that he has become more like himself since we began the treatment thankfully.

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I'm sorry to hear that Monty is suffering from AGY.

You'll want to review the information in these links:

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ric-yeast.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...dgerigars.html

https://www.talkbudgies.com/articles-...ric-yeast.html

Your Avian Vet will be able to advise you on if/when it is safe to house the two budgies together.

Best wishes!
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